Tonight: Cheer for local student filmmakers from Cascade Middle School!

April 15th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news No Comments »

Something awesome to do tonight, to support students from White Center AND one of WC’s special natural spots:

I’m a science teacher at Cascade Middle School who also helps run an after school science club for girls called STARS. STARS stands for Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science, and aims to provide a space for middle and high school girls to use science to investigate and solve real problems in their community. The ladies chose to focus on the health of Hicklin Lake (which neighbors our school) for their project this year. This is our first year as a club, and we have students from Cascade and the neighboring Evergreen High school as members. A few students from Mount Rainier High School help us out, as well. STARS is run as a joint effort between Cascade (Anna Kramer, science teacher), HS3/Evergreen (Liz Savage, science teacher), and the University of Washington (Sara Hagenah, doctoral student).

(Tonight) we are hosting a film event at the Highline Performing Arts Center. We are premiering a documentary that our students made that showcases what we have learned about the lake, as well as what the ladies are doing about it.

Who: Everyone is invited!
What: The premiere of the first STARS documentary, focused on the issues that currently exist at Hicklin Lake and how we are tackling this problem with our science knowledge
When: Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 pm
Where: Highline Performing Arts Center, Highline High School, 401 S 152nd St, Burien, WA 98148
Why: Join us in order to:
*Support local students as their share a year of learning and action with you
*Learn more about what’s wrong with Hicklin Lake and what you can do to help
*Support the idea that girls and women have powerful voices in science and in their communities
*Other info: Event is free, and refreshments will be provided. STARS members will be recognized individually, the documentary will be shown, and there will be a short Q & A session. Spanish and (we hope) Arabic interpreters will be available with headsets.

For more information, email

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Dining Out for Life on April 24: Six White Center/West Seattle restaurants on the list

April 12th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, restaurants, White Center news No Comments »

Less than two weeks until this year’s local Dining Out for Life benefit, to raise money for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, on Thursday, April 24th. Six White Center/West Seattle restaurants are on the participants list so far, all listed as donating 30 percent of their proceeds during the dayparts noted below:

Buddha Ruksadinner
Locol Barley & Vinedinner, late night
Mac’s Triangle Publunch, dinner, late night
Proletariat Pizzadinner
Talarico’s Pizzeriadinner, late night

The full area-wide participant list is here (sortable by cuisine, neighborhood[s], daypart).

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Help slide survivors: Benefit tonight at Company in downtown WC

April 6th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news No Comments »

Starting at 7, with live music at 8, Company Bar invites you to come on over tonight and help slide victims, with a $5 suggested donation at the door and other chances to give. Check out the Facebook event page for details on bands (and a promise of “super secret guests”). Company’s at 9608 16th SW.

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White Center Spring Clean 2014: Register now!

March 26th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news Comments Off

Almost Spring Clean time – three dates this year, according to this announcement from Vy Nguyen at the White Center Community Development Association:

The White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA) is gearing up for 2014 Spring Clean events to take place April 12, May 10, and June 7. White Center Spring Clean is an opportunity for volunteers and residents to take part in an annual spruce up of White Center through projects aimed at cleaning up and beautifying the neighborhood.

“Spring Clean is a hands-on way to get involved in making your community, literally, a better place. Whether it’s gardening, graffiti removal, bringing in more art or whatever is identified as a community need: everyone in White Center benefits from having a neighborhood with cleaner and improved spaces to show that people in this community care about where they live and/or run a business,” says White Center CDA’s business district manager, Vy Nguyen. “Spring Cleans are fun and a great way to connect with others that care about community, plus a way to score a free I ‘heart’ White Center t-shirt!”

Spring Clean projects come from the community, as WCCDA supports resident-led action in White Center’s development. Each day will start at the White Center CDA office (605 SW 108th St. Seattle 98146) with a light breakfast before volunteers go to their project assignments. Past projects have included: gardening at various sites around White Center, trash pick-up in White Center’s business district, graffiti removal, as well as painting murals throughout the neighborhood. WCCDA’s Spring Cleans brings in close to 300 volunteers for 20-25 projects each year.

If you have an idea or see a need in the White Center community for a Spring Clean project or if you’d like to volunteer and get involved in the community, register online at: or contact Vy Nguyen ( or Marquise Roberson (

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Photos: 2nd annual White Center 5K raises $ for WCCDA, WCFB, YES Foundation

March 22nd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Fun, How to Help, White Center news 3 Comments »

(UPDATED 7:11 PM with top finishers, now that results are online)


(WCN photos by Patrick Sand)
FIRST REPORT, 10:57 AM: Hundreds of people showed themselves to be superheroes this morning – the theme of the second annual White Center 5K Run/Walk, a benefit for three local nonprofits. Our next photo features the executive directors of two – Sili Savusa from the WC Community Development Association and Rick Jump from the WC Food Bank:


Also getting a boost from the 5K, the YES Foundation of White Center. Costumes were encouraged, and more than a few participants got into the spirit:



Leading the pre-5K warmup, White Center’s own fitness superhero, Lonjina Verdugo of The Center Studio:


Watch for results here, later.

UPDATED 7:11 PM: The results are now posted. Of the 283 listed finishers, the top male finisher was Steven Colmus in 19:21; top female finisher, Lydia Ngai in 21:49.

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Free party Saturday at Evergreen Pool – toy/food drive, too

December 16th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Evergreen Pool, Fun, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

Just announced:

Evergreen Pool in White Center wants to throw a party for the community – while raising a little fun for area children it will also collect toys and food for the less fortunate in the area.

Just bring an unwrapped toy, or food donation for White Center Food Bank and join in fun at Evergreen Pool from 3 pm-6 pm on December 21st. Lifeguards are on hand to watch swimmers who are still learning to swim; parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy the fun with their kids.

The White Center pool faces a Jan. 15 deadline to raise $15,000 to keep the facility open, and the fund drive is proceeding well, “ yet, we just felt we needed to have an event to celebrate the facility, our community and help bring holiday cheer to the area”, said WhiteWater Aquatics General Manager Joel Schweiger.

More than 3,800 children – and adults – have learned to swim at the Evergreen pool in White Center since it reopened under the new nonprofit management three years ago. It serves the greater Highline area, with 56 percent of the children who swim there coming from Burien.

Tax deductible donations can be made online via

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Evergreen Pool says it needs $ to stay open; fundraiser Friday

November 27th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Evergreen Pool, How to Help, White Center news 3 Comments »

Evergreen Pool is “on the brink” of closure and needs community help, according to this announcement of a new fundraising drive:

A “Parents’ Night Off” swimming fundraiser the day after Thanksgiving is kicking off a major fundraising drive to keep the non-profit Evergreen Pool in White Center open.

For a $30 donation parents can drop off kids this Friday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., and then go shopping or on a date.

More than 3,800 children – and adults – have learned to swim at the Evergreen Community Aquatics Center pool since it reopened under new management three years ago.

“That includes a good number of kids who are served by a good swimming program in a community with limited youth recreation opportunities,” notes General Manager Joel Schweiger.

This 44-year-old facility, long managed by King County, has been operated “pretty close to breaking even for three years” by the WhiteWater Aquatics Management, Schweiger says.

But “pretty close” doesn’t balance the ledger – especially those utility and related costs necessary for operating the aquatics center that were unavoidably higher from the time the pool reopened until energy improvements could be made.

These improvements are making a significant positive difference. Energy costs have been reduced by 40 percent with the grant-funded purchase of a new boiler and a pool blanket to cover to cover the water and maintain temperature when the facility is closed.

In addition, new filters paid for with another grant and recently installed are reducing chemical purchases by 15 percent.

Still, $15,000 in outstanding utility billings and related expenses, most incurred before these upgrades were made, and have put the Evergreen pool on the brink again.

And if funds are not raised to pay these debts by mid-January the aquatic center will have to close – despite the fact it is busy almost all the time. Schweiger says the pool is filled to capacity when kids are out of school.

“The reality is that the pool’s costs of operating exceed revenue due to capacity, he adds. For example, kids who get free or reduced lunches at school also get swimming lessons free or at reduced cost.

“It’s important to find both immediate and long-term income to keep this pool open “because there’s not a lot of positive youth activities in White Center that are safe and fun.”

The non-profit group is continuing to work with King County, the City of Burien and the Highline School District to find resources as well as launching a corporate and personal giving campaign.

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Holy Family Bilingual School to sell Christmas trees starting November 30th

November 20th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Holy Family, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

We’re continuing to collect holiday information – e-mail us at! – for reporting here as well as inclusion in the Holiday Guide published through our partner site West Seattle Blog (with WS, WC, and South Park info, updated daily as new additions come in). The latest announcement from White Center is from Holy Family Bilingual School, where Christmas trees will be sold again this year to benefit the school. First scheduled day is November 30th – the Saturday after Thanksgiving, starting at 10 am – and sales will continue through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Holy Family is at 18th/Roxbury.

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Happening now: Cattywampus Kids’ first day; ‘Save the Babies’ donation drive at Full Tilt

November 2nd, 2013 Tracy Posted in Businesses, How to Help, White Center news 3 Comments »

Two great reasons to get down to downtown White Center right now – and they’re just a few doors apart from each other:

You’ll find Lonjina and Nina inside the Center Studio space at 9611 16th SW, it’s the first edition of their monthly pop-up stuff-for-children shop Cattywampus Kids, with clothing, toys, and more, until 7 pm.

We first told you about Cattywampus here a week and a half ago. A few doors down at Full Tilt Ice Cream, until 10 pm tonight, you’re invited to bring a donation for local families in need – formula or baby food, in particular – and you’ll get a coupon for a free scoop of FT’s fabled ice cream. Ashley (left) and FT co-proprietor Ann are spearheading the “Save the Babies” one-day collection drive:

Take the kids and go meet cool people doing cool things!

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Donation drive for families in need: November 2 @ Full Tilt

October 24th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

Coming up in a week and a half, right after Halloween, it’s a treat with no trick – you donate something for families in need, you get the treat:

Save the Babies (and we don’t mean congress)
Formula/Baby Food Drive to support local families!

The government shutdown may be over, but the impacts of the hissy-fit our adult leaders threw this autumn continue to ripple through the nation.

Foremost on the minds of a group of local mothers: the impact of the shutdown on federal subsidies that enable women in poverty to buy infant formula and baby food. Help us make sure the shelves of our local food banks are fully stocked for the coming winter to ensure that the most vulnerable among us have access to basic nutrition! November 2 from 12-10 pm, bring unopened cans of formula, baby food, or diapers to the White Center Full Tilt Ice Cream and receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream. In addition, Full Tilt will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds to local food banks.

Full Tilt Ice Cream makes all natural ice cream and frozen desserts with as much creativity and local ingredients as possible. Enjoy their new and vintage arcade and pinball machines, an eclectic mix of sodas, an amazing mix of music on the stereos, and some of the finest beers the Northwest has to offer — all while helping to support the neediest among us!

Save the Babies (and we don’t mean congress)
Saturday, November 2, 2013

12 pm-10 pm

Full Tilt Ice Cream
9629 16th Ave SW‎

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Help the White Center Food Bank today!

September 28th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off

As part of the annual regional Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry, White Center Food Bank ‘s Audrey Zemke tells us that Key Club members from the Evergreen Campus will collect food, money, and gift-card donations 10 am-2 pm today at Roxbury Safeway and North Burien Albertson’s on SW 128th. Drop by and give!

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You can help! Volunteer at WestSide Baby’s White Center HQ

September 13th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, WestSide Baby, White Center news Comments Off

Two volunteer opportunities coming up, according to Kari Kopnick from White Center-headquartered WestSide Baby:

*Volunteer at WS Baby on Thursday, September 19th, 7-9 pm

*Volunteer at WS Baby on Thursday, October 3rd, 5:30-7:30 pm

Spaces are limited so please RSVP to

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White Center Food Bank needs volunteer help ASAP

September 4th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off

Can you share some time to help the White Center Food Bank fight hunger? Here’s what we were asked to share:

We are in desperate need of a driver on Thursdays from 9 am-noonish for our grocery recovery program. Must have a clean driving record.

We are still also very short on regular volunteers during the week.

Contact Audrey Zemke at 206-762-2848 or

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Obliteride 180-mile-route bicyclists to pass through White Center this morning

August 11th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

The longest of the routes involved in the inaugural Obliteride fundraising bicycle rides is going through White Center and West Seattle this morning, as riders make their way to the finish line. They rode all day Saturday, stopped in Tacoma for the night, and are finishing the ride this morning. Here’s the turn-by-turn description of the route; note that they will be in White Center around mile 36, then heading through West Seattle. They’re starting from Tacoma at 7:30 am – and the finish-line festivities at Magnuson Park in North Seattle start around 10 am – so keep an eye out for riders somewhere after 8:15, we would guesstimate.

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Tonight: Dine at Proletariat Pizza for Spoke and Food

July 30th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

Ride your bike over to dine tonight at White Center’s Proletariat Pizza, and you’ll benefit a bicycling nonprofit – PP is the local participant in this year’s Spoke and Food. Here’s the full flyer for everybody participating around the metro area:

Beneficiary is Bike Works.

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White Center Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast coming up July 21st

July 6th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Kiwanis Club, White Center news Comments Off

Just announced!

White Center Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Holy Family School
9615 20th Ave SW

SUNDAY, July 21 (8 am to 12 noon)

Come eat pancakes and support kids! $5 per person. Kids under 5 eat free. Tickets available at the door. Buy tickets for a chance at one of the great gift baskets on display. White Center Kiwanis is raising money for scholarships and to help local nonprofits like Salvation Army, Southwest Boys & Girls Club, WestSide Baby, and the White Center Food Bank. Please note, this event is really on Sunday this year, not Saturday, as reported and as previously held. Eat your pancakes, then go down to Jubilee Days. Come early for better parking.

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White Center Tacos in the Park next Friday, and other lunches for those in need

June 7th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news 2 Comments »

From Mark Ufkes:

Union Gospel Mission is assisting in coordinating Tacos in the Park for our White Center homeless population this summer, to continue their important outreach work to the White Center homeless population who they have been serving on Saturday evenings for over two years.

Tacos are scheduled for every second Friday of the month at noon. In June, tacos are planned for Friday, June 14 (Flag Day), again on Friday July 12, and again on Friday August, 9, 2013. Taco Time Northwest continues to support our lunch effort as we reach out to homeless folks and let them know that we care for them and want them to be healthy.

A second church group from a Burien church has expanded its lunch outreach to our homeless population on two Saturdays each month, and Holy Family (from Seattle) continues their outreach and free lunch on one Saturday each month. Our Second Friday of the Month effort continues to average over 40 participants, and we serve over 100 tacos during the 90 minute event. White Center business owners are encouraged to send the homeless from their block to the free lunch next Friday.

As they say, “There but by the grace of God, go I”

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White Center Kiwanis rummage sale tomorrow, benefiting local nonprofits

May 17th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

Big sale tomorrow at Greenbridge! The official announcement:

White Center Kiwanis Rummage Sale (or garage sale whichever you prefer)

Saturday, May 18

Greenbridge Plaza (near DubSea Coffee)

9800 8th Avenue SW

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

You will be assisting our efforts in supporting local non-profits who focus on families & youth; West Side Baby, White Center Food Bank and the Southwest Boys & Girls Club.


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GiveBIG to White Center nonprofits today: Here’s our local list

May 15th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off

src="" align="left" hspace="4" vspace="4" />Again this year, local nonprofits are participating in today’s GiveBIG one-day donation drive coordinated by the Seattle Foundation. The money you give to any or all of the participating nonprofits helps them be eligible for a “stretch pool” of partial matching funds, to be distributed proportionately depending on how much each participating nonprofit raises during GiveBIG, by 11:59 pm tonight. The BIG catch: You **must** donate through the special pages that participants have on the foundation’s website, NOT via theirs own websites. So again this year, we made a list of all those special pages for participating West Seattle, White Center, and South Park-based or -founded nonprofits (and a couple parent organizations) – see that list here; below, we’ve broken it down further to a White Center-relevant list. The special links take you to pages on the Seattle Foundation website with background information and links to the organizations’ own sites, as well as the donation links to use for this one-day event. (P.S. Please let us know if we missed a WC-based organization – thanks!)








WHITE CENTER FOOD BANKgo here **Note, again this year, WCFB has added events on GiveBIG day, including a portion of proceeds donated this morning if you have breakfast at Meander’s Kitchen, and tonight if you dine at Proletariat Pizza, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, or Company in WC. Caffé Delia (WSB sponsor) and Dubsea Coffee also will have “donation stations” set up in the morning.**



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Friday in White Center: Another free-tacos Friday for those in need; volunteers welcome!

May 9th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Food, How to Help, White Center news 1 Comment »

Announced by Mark Ufkes:

Alex Campbell (Evergreen High School senior) and other community volunteers will be serving free Taco Time tacos in Steve Cox Park tomorrow at noon to our homeless community. We can always use more volunteers. They should arrive around 11:45 at Steve Cox Park near the White Center Chamber of Commerce office.

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